Saturday, March 17, 2012

Birding in Colombo - Thanalngama, Malabe

Malabe is a town and municipal area in the Colombo District, Sri Lanka. It is situated on the Kandy road (A1) Road about 16 km away from the centre of the commercial capital Colombo. Regarded as a modern, hi-tech, secure and prosperous city in Sri Lanka, Malabe covers (14 km²) and ranks as the 2nd largest city by size. 
               My place is situated in Malabe, very close to city.but this area has lots of beautiful birds,both endemic and non endemic too.there is a wet land call Thalangama wet land also situated in malabe.and it was a grate place for birding.

Recorded birds

  1. Black Drongo - Dicrurus macrocercus
  2. Black-hooded Oriole - Oriolus xanthornus
  3. Common Myna -Acridotheres tristis
  4. House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
  5. White-rumped Munia - Lonchura striata
  6. Purple Sunbird - Nectarinia asiatica
  7. Oriental Magpie Robin - Copsychus saularis
  8. Yellow-eyed Babbler - Chrysomma sinense
  9. Plain Prinia - Prinia inomata
  10. Red-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus cafer
  11. Greater Flameback - Chrysocolaptes lucidus
  12. Crimson - Backed Flamback - Chrysocolaptes stricklandi - Endemic 
  13. Brown-headed Barbet - Megalaima zeylanica
  14. White-throated Kingfisher - Halcyon smynensis
  15. Greater Coucal - Centropus sinensis
  16. Indian Cuckoo - Cuculus micropterus
  17. Alexandrine Parakeet - Psittacula eupatrtia
  18. Rose-ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri
  19. Spotted Dove - Streptopelia chinensis
  20. Crested Serpent Eagle - Spilornis cheela
  21. Crested Goshawk - Accipiter trivirgatus
  22. Eastern Great Egret - Ardea modesta
  23. Indian Pond Heron - Ardeola grayii
  24. Red-wattled Lapwing - Vanellus Indicus
  25. White-breasted Waterhen - Amauromis phoenicurus
Pictures Of  Recorded Birds

Black-hooded Oriole - Oriolus xanthornus 

Black-hooded Oriole - Oriolus xanthornus 

Crimson - Backed Flamback - Chrysocolaptes stricklandi - Endemic  

Crimson - Backed Flamback - Chrysocolaptes stricklandi - Endemic  

Black Drongo - Dicrurus macrocercus 

Black Drongo - Dicrurus macrocercus 

Red-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus cafer 

Nest of the Red-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus cafer

Common Myna -Acridotheres tristis 

Spotted Dove - Streptopelia chinensis 

Rose-ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri 

White-throated Kingfisher - Halcyon smynensis

Brown-headed Barbet - Megalaima zeylanica

Crested Goshawk - Accipiter trivirgatus 


  1. Hi Chamith,

    Good report, keep up the good work!

    Just one suggestions... I think the one you named as "Black Drongo" is a "White-bellied Drongo". Black Drongo can be seen only in northern part of the island. One I've shot in Manner can be seen here :

  2. Hi Chamith,

    I am from India and would be in Colombo for 3 days...from this evening to Wed morning (30 Oct - 2 Nov) Want to go and visit Talangama Wet Lands on either Mon morning or Tues morning.

    Can I call you when at Colombo to get directions on how to reach this place? Would greatly appreciate your help.

    My phone number is +91 8750 102030 and would be on roaming.

    Many thanks and Regards.